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Featured Events

All events included with admission to Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.

 

Pi Day

Saturday, March 14; 11:00 am–3:00 pm

Pi (without the “e”) is the Greek letter (π) used in mathematics to represent the irrational number (3.14159…) that results when dividing the circumference of a circle by it diameter. Join the celebration around the globe on 3/14/15 as we party and play with circles and shapes and puzzles and games!

 

Bubble Festival

Saturday, March 21

 

Tickets in advance: $4 Public; $3 Members;

At the Door: $5 Public; $4 Members;

Registration opens February 3; Museum admission is extra

Showtimes are 9:00, 10:30, Noon, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. 

Discovery Center celebrates National Bubble Week with bubble-celebrity Geoff Akins Hannah’s live performances and sudsy science fun. After the show, join us in the Bubble-Palooza Playground to test your soapy skill with bubble art and activities for the whole family!

Sponsored in part by Alpine Bank

 

 

Nano Day

Saturday, March 28; 11:30 am–3:30 pm

Explore the incredible infinitesimal world of Nano Science! Greeting cards that sing, fabric that stretches, and thermom­eters that turn color owe their remarkable properties to this cutting-edge technology. Meet real scientists, learn about future applications, and delve into special hands-on projects as you discover how tiny size can make an enormous difference.

Sponsored in part by Viking Chemical Company; NISE Network

 

 

Spring into Science

Monday-Friday, March 30–April 3

Engage in fun art activities and enjoy live science demonstrations.

 

Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 4; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discovery Center joins Burpee Museum for this annual egg-stravaganza! Hop into your favorite museum to fill your basket with yummy treats. Kids 9 and under can look for eggs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The rest of the time, children of all ages can create super springtime art and jump into egg-cellent fun.

Members of either museum: Children $2/Adults no charge Public: Children: $11/Adults $8, includes admission to both museums

 

Spray Bottle Painting Messy Monday

Monday, April 6; 11:00 am - 3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, April 11th; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Future Nurses Academy                                

Saturday, April 18; 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                   

Come to Discovery Center and see what it’s like to be a nurse! From checking X-Rays to taking blood pressure, kids of all ages can get their hands on real equipment, talk to real nurses, and make the rounds on this day of medical fun. Take home a working stethoscope; mix an ointment; get a cast, check reflexes, and more!  Those who finish their nursing schedule will receive a pin at “graduation”! Included with Discovery Center admission.

Sponsored by Saint Anthony College of Nursing.

 

Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 25; 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Discovery Center celebrates National Astronomy Day with free planetarium shows, star maps, and glittery star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star the Sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club.

Sponsored in part by Astro–Physics, Inc.

 

 

Fizzicks Fiesta – Tres de Mayo

Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:00–4:00 pm

Help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early and find out how physics can make you mighty! Construct a siege engine, manu­facture a maraca, fizz the colors of the Mexican flag, pin the tale on the piñata and more! Wear your huaraches and take part in live physics demos that will blow your sombrero off!

 

Blow Painting Messy Monday

Monday, May 25; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, June 6; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, August 8; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, October 10; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

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